Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cure for Swine Flu !!

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately,due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only 'orphans' that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops??
Take a look...

Why can't the rest of the world get along???

Household tips

Ants Problem:
Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole.

To whiten white clothes
Soak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes.

To remove ink from clothes:
Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.

To get rid of mice or rats:
Sprinkle black pepper in places where you find mice or rats. They will run away.

To get rid of mosquitoes at night:
Keep leaves of mint near your bed or pillows and in around the room.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Info on Swine Flu

I just received an email attaching WHO info on the current swine flu :

Swine influenza frequently asked questions

26 April 2009
• What is swine influenza?
• What are the implications for human health?
• Where have human cases occurred?
• How do people become infected?
• Is it safe to eat pork meat and products?
• What about the pandemic risk?
• Is there a human vaccine to protect against swine influenza?
• What drugs are available for treatment?
• What should I do if I am in regular contact with pigs?
• How can I protect myself from getting swine influenza from infected people?
• What should I do if I think I have swine influenza?

What is swine influenza?
Swine influenza, or “swine flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one
of several swine influenza A viruses. Morbidity tends to be high and mortality low (1-4%). The virus
is spread among pigs by aerosols and direct and indirect contact, and asymptomatic carrier pigs
exist. Outbreaks in pigs occur year round, with an increased incidence in the fall and winter in
temperate zones. Many countries routinely vaccinate swine populations against swine influenza.
Swine influenza viruses are most commonly of the H1N1 subtype, but other subtypes are also
circulating in pigs (e.g., H1N2, H3N1, H3N2). Pigs can also be infected with avian influenza viruses
and human seasonal influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. The H3N2 swine virus was
thought to have been originally introduced into pigs by humans. Sometimes pigs can be infected with
more than one virus type at a time, which can allow the genes from these viruses to mix. This can
result in an influenza virus containing genes from a number of sources, called a "reassortant" virus.
Although swine influenza viruses are normally species specific and only infect pigs, they do
sometimes cross the species barrier to cause disease in humans.

What are the implications for human health?
Outbreaks and sporadic human infection with swine influenza have been occasionally reported.
Generally clinical symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza but reported clinical presentation ranges
broadly from asymptomatic infection to severe pneumonia resulting in death.
Since typical clinical presentation of swine influenza infection in humans resembles seasonal
influenza and other acute upper respiratory tract infections, most of the cases have been detected by
chance through seasonal influenza surveillance. Mild or asymptomatic cases may have escaped from
recognition, therefore the true extent of this disease among humans is unknown.

Where have human cases occurred?
Since the implementation of IHR(2005)1 in 2007, WHO has been notified of swine influenza cases
from the United States and Spain.

How do people become infected?
People usually get swine influenza from infected pigs, however, some human cases lack contact
history with pigs or environments where pigs have been located. Human-to-human transmission has
occurred in some instances but was limited to close contacts and closed groups of people.

Is it safe to eat pork and pork products?
Yes. Swine influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly
handled and prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derived from pigs. The swine influenza virus
is killed by cooking temperatures of 160°F/70°C, corresponding to the general guidance for the
preparation of pork and other meat.

Which countries have been affected by outbreaks in pigs?
Swine influenza is not notifiable to international animal health authorities (OIE,,
therefore its international distribution in animals is not well known. The disease is considered endemic
in the United States. Outbreaks in pigs are also known to have occurred in North and South America,
Europe (including the UK, Sweden, and Italy), Africa (Kenya), and in parts of eastern Asia including
China and Japan.

What about the pandemic risk?
It is likely that most of people, especially those who do not have regular contact with pigs, do not have
immunity to swine influenza viruses that can prevent the virus infection. If a swine virus established
efficient human-to human transmission, it can cause an influenza pandemic. The impact of a pandemic
caused by such a virus is difficult to predict: it depends on virulence of the virus, existing immunity
among people, cross protection by antibodies acquired from seasonal influenza infection and host
factors. Swine influenza viruses can give a rise to a hybrid virus by mixing with a human influenza
virus and can cause pandemic.

Is there a human vaccine to protect against swine influenza?
No. Influenza viruses change very quickly and the match between the vaccine and the circulating virus
is very important to give adequate protective immunity to vaccinated people. This is why WHO needs
to select vaccine viruses twice a year for seasonal influenza protection, once for the northern
hemisphere winter and another for the southern hemisphere. Current seasonal influenza vaccine
produced based on WHO recommendation does not contain swine influenza virus. It is unknown
whether the seasonal vaccines can provide any cross protection to ongoing swine influenza virus
infection in the United States and Mexico. WHO is working closely with its partner institutions for
1 International Health Regulation (2005)
further advise on the use of seasonal influenza vaccine in preventing the swine influenza infection.
This section will be updated as more information becomes available.

What drugs are available for treatment?
Antiviral drugs for seasonal influenza are available in some countries and effectively prevent and treat
the illness. There are two classes of such medicines, 1) adamantanes (amantadine and remantadine),
and 2) inhibitors of influenza neuraminidase (oseltamivir and zanamivir).
Most of the previously reported swine influenza cases recovered fully from the disease without
requiring medical attention and without antiviral medicines.
Some influenza viruses develop resistance to the antiviral medicines, limiting the effectiveness of
chemoprophylaxis and treatment. The viruses obtained from the recent human cases with swine
influenza in the United States were sensitive to oselatmivir and zanamivir but resistant to amantadine
and remantadine.
Information is in sufficient to make recommendation on the use of the antivirals in prevention and
treatment of swine influenza virus infection. Clinicians have to make decisions based on the clinical
and epidemiological assessment and harms and benefit of the prophylaxis/treatment of the patient2.
For the ongoing outbreak of the swine influenza infection in the United States and Mexico, the
national and the local authorities are recommending to use oseltamivir or zanamivir for treatment and
prevention of the disease based on the virus’s susceptibility profile.

What should I do if I am in regular contact with pigs?
Even though there is no clear indication that the current human cases with swine influenza infection
are related to recent or ongoing influenza-like disease events in pigs, it would be advisable to
minimize contact with sick pigs and report such animals to relevant animal health authorities.
Most people are infected through prolonged, close contact with infected pigs. Good hygiene practices
are essential in all contact with animals and are especially important during slaughter and postslaughter
handling to prevent exposure to disease agents. Sick animals or animals that died from
disease should not be undergoing slaughtering procedures. Follow further advice from relevant
national authorities.
Swine influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and
prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derived from pigs. The swine influenza virus is killed by
cooking temperatures of 160oF/70oC corresponding to the general guidance for the preparation of pork
and other meat.

How can I protect myself from getting swine influenza from infected people?
In the past, human infection with swine influenza was generally mild but is known to have caused
severe illness such as pneumonia For the current outbreaks in the United States and Mexico however,
the clinical pictures have been different. None of the confirmed cases in the United States have had the
severe form of the disease and the patients recovered from illness without requiring medical care. In
Mexico, some patients reportedly had the severe form of the disease.
2 For benefits and harms of influenza-specific antivirals, see

To protect yourself, practice general preventive measures for influenza:
• Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever and cough.
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
• Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping
physically active.

If there is an ill person at home:
• Try to provide the ill person a separate section in the house. If this is not possible, keep the
patient at least 1 meter in distance from others.
• Cover mouth and nose when caring for the ill person. Masks can be bought commercially or
made using the readily available materials as long as they are disposed of or cleaned properly.
• Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after each contact with the ill person.
• Try to improve the air flow in the area where the ill person stays. Use doors and windows to
take advantage of breezes.
• Keep the environment clean with readily available household cleaning agents.
If you are living in a country where swine influenza has caused disease in humans, follow additional
advice from national and local health authorities.

What should I do if I think I have swine influenza?
If you feel unwell, have high fever, cough and/or sore throat:
• Stay at home and keep away from work, school or crowds as much as possible.
• Rest and take plenty of fluids.
• Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing and dispose of
the used tissues properly.
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or
• Inform family and friends about your illness and seek help for household chores that require
contact with other people such as shopping.

If you need medical attention:
• Contact your doctor or healthcare provider before travelling to see them and report your
symptoms. Explain why you think you have swine influenza (for example, if you have
recently travelled to a country where there is a swine influenza outbreak in humans). Follow
the advice given to you for care.
• If it is not possible to contact your healthcare provider in advance, communicate your
suspicion of having swine influenza immediately upon arrival at the healthcare facility.
• Take care to cover your nose and mouth during travel.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Penanti : The Final Stroke!

The MalaysianInsider reports:

[PUTRAJAYA, April 27 — The Election Commission (EC) today finally set May 31 as polling day for the Penanti state by-election in Penang.

Nomination day is set for May 23.

The Penanti by-election is the sixth since the general election last year and was described by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a waste of public funds and the Prime Minister had indicated that Barisan Nasional (BN) could skip the contest.

In the general election last March, Fairus defeated Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Majid by 2,219 votes.

In 2004, Jalil won the Penang state seat by 667 votes.]

Now, to contest or not to contest : the big question hanging on Najib's neck. Either way he will have very good excuses/reasons which fools like us will believe him. I bet he has not much choice but to contest.

Let it be the final stroke to hammer in the last nail!!

Still busy busy

Picture from Datuk CK Hon's blog

You may not believe this. Almost 2 months moving into my new home, I'm still busy busy unpacking and attending to teething problems like sewage blockage, leaking pipe joints, alarm malfunction, etc, etc......

Hope to really settle down after next few days. Then I can do more writing in my blog. I will also try to "digitize" my photo archives and share with you the photos I took many years ago. But don't expect to see such brilliance as those of Datuk Hon's masterpieces.

The above picture depicts the Sea Gypsy children, happy and carefree.

All the people of the world should be like these children.

Please don't miss Datuk Hon's postings. You should visit his blog each day to enjoy the brilliant photos that he took.

Thank you Datuk Hon for allowing me to "copy & paste" your master pieces in my blog.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Instructions must be specific!

All members of staff - please note that due to recession, there will only be one drink per person at this year's Annual Party.

And please bring your own cup!



And what happened at the annual party !!!
(Scroll dow

The specifications were missing in the memo (size of cup).

Moral of the story:
Be very specific in your daily life including project work.
Give specific specifications.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Counting Our Blessings

This post is inspired by my blogger friend the ever affable Doctor Hsu in his post today.

You can click to read this thought-provoking post HERE.

The above You Tube presentation was done by another blogger friend, Oh Teik Bin, whose blog can be viewed HERE.

Please view this presentation along with the soothing background music. It only takes 5 minutes of your life.

Take your time to reflect; and take care.

What more can I write???

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beautiful pictures by Datuk CK Hon

Picture from Datuk Hon's blog

Fantastic pictures by Datuk Hon.

After reading about his photographic passion in the Star (Mon 20 April 2009) I visited his blog and wallah a whole new wonderful world unfolded!! A complete turnover from my previous gloom and doom post.

I have put a link to his blog on the right side bar of this blog.

Congratulations!! Datuk Hon!! At least away from politics!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Have you ever thought of your "last days"??

Not a nice picture from my garden. A wilted flower which was in full bloom a day before.

Tonight is not a very happy evening for me, not that I feel happy every evening. Have you ever thought of what your "last days" in life would be like?? Or on a more positive note, your "twilight years"?

Just a few years back when my mother was living out her twilight years, she was very weak. She needed assistance to "move around" on wheel chair. Getting into and out of the car was a struggle both for her and for me. Now she is no more here.

Today I brought my father to see my new home. He has become very weak just like my mother a few years back. Getting him into and out of the car was a struggle both for him and for me.

There was a peculiar behaviour in both my parents at this stage in life. They preferred to stay quiet. Both my parents are very fortunate as they have good children to look after them.

This leads me to contemplate on what my last days would be like. That's why I feel very sad tonight. I don't think I will be as fortunate as both my parents. That's why I try very hard to keep healthy by living "healthy".

My dying wish will be :

"Let me be healthy until my last day; when I go to bed and never to come back."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Najib :" No need by-election."

The Malaysian Insider reports Najib saying that there is not a need for a by-election.

Yes Najib is correct this time.

No need by-election.

Let's get on with a General Election!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oh no, not again!!

Fairus (picture from MalaysianInsider)
His resignation will lead to a by-election within 60 days in Penanti, which is under Anwar's Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency.

The price you pay for lack of capable, experienced and dedicated incumbents.

So where do we go from here?

Send another LOUD and CLEAR message, of course!!

Does Penang need DCMs?

Picture From Malaysian Insider

Does Penang need two Deputy CMs?

I think Penang doesn't even need a DCM, let alone two.

So what does this mean? It's at the expense of the rates payers. It is purely political, nothing else.

What do you think?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Looking Awesome!!

I very seldom go to Facebook, but today the mail keeps reminding me to open Facebook.

Then I chanced upon one of my many beautiful girlfriend's profile with the Sketch Me picture. Looks nice. Her name is Eunice..."U nice".

So here I am in
Authentic Classic Awesome "Black & White".
A Visionary!!

No, actually just a tiny speck of dust trying to settle down.

(Before I forget: the girlfriend mentioned above is actually my niece.)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Technical English Ala China

Lately I have been buying quite a number of bathroom accessories for my new home. Two things I noticed. Whether it is designed/inspired/originated from/or whatever it is always MIC. Not Semi-value MIC, but "Made In China".

The other peculiarity is the "technical instructions in English" for assembling or installing the gadget. This also reminds me of the descriptions you find in Chinese medicines with terms that you never heard of.

Ok. Let's go through the instructions for fixing this bathroom tray where you need only to press the suction cups in order to install it.

In exact words and spelling, the instructions go like this:

Convenience use
Beautiful space & Convenient life
1 First choose the right mounting position and clean off the dust and grease on the mounting surface.
2 Separate the adsorber completaly as illustrated.
3Suction the adsorption base in position accurately and adjust leftward and rightward. Be sure to discharge the air inside the adsorption base.
4 Put on the adsorber casing and press the center of screw forcibly to discharge off the air inside(it's required because the adsorption force will be reduced significantly in case of any air inside).
5 Insert the main body into the hole above the lid.
6 Tighten the knob and the mounting is complete.

Instead of consulting the dictionary over the difference between adsorption and absorption, I decided to just press the suction cups into position and tighten the knob. And wallah it's done!!

And here comes the Mother of all instructions at the end. There is this "friendship hint" which goes like this in exact wordings:

"Use this product time at weather's cooler area, can will acetabula set to marinate half minute behind again proceed installation in boiled water."

Caution: Please do not follow the above instruction if you lack the intellectual capacity to understand technical English ala China.

I followed the instruction above and fainted!!
And when I regained consciousness,............
look at my photo now!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

First Lady Of Charity?

The Sun Friday 10 April carried a full page ad on page 7 by Berjaya Group:


Y.A. Bhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor

First Lady of Charity"

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors

Management and staff

First Lady of Charity? What's that??

Makes me cry with emotion!

The Star Friday 10 April reports on page N4 that the Gerakan thief..oops sorry, I mean chief felt "humbled and honoured" to be included in the new PM's team.

Makes me shed tears of emotion!!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Only thieves sneak through the back door!

Only thieves sneak through the back door!

Where toilets are situated.

And rubbish is also found.

Sunset at North Pole

A scene you will probably never get to see in person.

This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Two Bukits are better than one Batang!

(Picture from The Malaysian Insider)

Two Bukits make a huge mountain.

New vision for the people of Malaysia!

New home for "yours sincerely"!

New look to celebra
te victory!

My grand daughter says "kong kong" (Grand dad) that's the way to go!

For the complete "shot" take a peep at my profile picture!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Tonight IS the Night!

Tonight Is the Night!!!

Let the 3 Bs : Batang Ai and the two Bukits be the First Message for the new PM.

Let the Eye, the Moon and the Rocket (in alphabetical order) be the welcoming presents for the new PM.

Let the Moon shine to light up the freedom path!

Let the Rocket soar to seek justice for all!

Let the Eye see Freedom, Justice and Equality for the Nation!

(POSTSCRIPT: After tonight I shall have a NEW LOOK!!!
Watch my post tomorrow!)

[Oops: I got the date wrong. I thought it was Tues 7.
The post above is supposed to be for Tues 7.
That's the price you pay for being retired, losing count on the days!! Quite a few times I went to withdraw my FDs on the wrong dates, before maturity and lost on the interest!!]

No more wet shoes!!

No more wet shoes!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Our National Flower

The above photo is from my blogger friend "Novice 101". You can view it full size HERE. I think it is not 100% focused. But it is still a striking close-up.

Coincidentally, this morning while I was at the local market, I bought one plant bearing two very large and bright scarlet hybrid flowers. I just couldn't resist it, so I came home RM25 poorer, but richer in possessing something I really enjoy admiring. I planted it this afternoon next to another hybrid with bright yellow colour.

Yes, the colourful hybrid Hibiscus comes in various shapes and colours, always very large in blooms. I think the above looks like the one I bought.

Novice 101 took another shot which is definitely the local variety. See below:

This belongs to the local variety which our country has adopted as our National Flower. The shot was well taken; but the subject was nothing to shout about when compared with the hybrids!!!

I wonder why the large beautiful hybrid variety was not chosen.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A new dawn without sunshine.

Tomorrow, Friday, is a new dawn for Malaysian politics; but I don't see any sunshine coming.

It's doom and gloom.....and BOOOOM!!!

Let the three signs signal the people's sentiments come April 7.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Two sides of a coin

Behind every successful man, there is a woman
And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two.


Every man should marry.
After all, happiness is not the only thing in
The wise never marry.
and when they marry they become otherwise.


Success is a relative term.
It brings so many relatives.


Never put off the work till tomorrow
what you can put off today.


'Your future depends on your dreams'
So go to sleep


There should be a better way to start a day
Than waking up every morning

ABC , You and Me !!

The Alphabet

A's for arthritis;
B's the bad back,
the chest pains,
Perhaps car-d-iac?

D is for dental decay and decline,
is for eyesight, can't read that top line!
is for fissures and fluid retention,
is for gas which we'd rather not mention.

H High blood pressure-We'd rather it low;
For incisions with scars you can show.
is for joints, out of socket, won't mend,
is for knees that crack when they bend.
is for libido, what happened to sex?
is for memory; we forget what comes next.
is neuralgia, in nerves way down low;
is for osteo, bones that don't grow!

P for prescriptions. We have quite a few,
Just give us a pill and we'll be good as new!

is for queasy, is it fatal or flu?
is for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights, counting our fears,
is for Tinnitus; bells in our ears!
is for urinary; troubles with flow;
for vertigo, that's 'dizzy,' you know.

for worry, NOW what's going 'round?
is for X-ray, and what might be found.
for another year we are left here behind,
is for zest WE still have - in OUR minds.

We've survived all the symptoms, our body's deployed, and
We're keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed.



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